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Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn

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Dobson, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wife and I have been going here for about 12 yrs (she says 11, Bruce's records say 10). Maybe I'm wishful thinking. In any case, we find the accommodations more than adequate, the diving leisure and great, the staff excellent and always ready to help or point out things. The rooms are not palatial but comfortable and clean. We cook... More 

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Crossville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

In over 49 years of diving all over the world, this place is number 1 on our list. The entire staff is the friendliest most helpful people we have ever met. From the moment we checked in, everyone treated us like family. We can see why so many people from around the world come here year after year. We have... More 

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Groningen, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you are on Bonaire, you want to discover the beautiful divespots. The staff of Carib Inn is very experienced and show you all the special and interesting places and underwater life. We had lot's of fun diving with the professional staff. Linda, Karen, Jean Carlos and Maria, thank you for showing us the beautiful divespots on Bonaire! And Bruce... More 

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Colorado Springs
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Everyone at Bruce's place went out of their way to make sure we were settled in our room. Any missing gear we just got at the dive shop. Loved the cottage rooms, and the pool was great to jump in and cool off in at the end of the day. Wonderful views from the pier at the end and beginning... More 

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Cullowhee, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016

Bruce has established the most relaxed dive inn imaginable. The Carib Inn is a fantastic example of a hand-crafted dive resort built for those of us who want no-frills dive freedom. A family- like atmosphere welcomes everyone. My wife and I consider the Carib a home away from home and you will too. Kitty and the rest of the staff... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

The diving is so good in Bonaire that it would be tough to go wrong. That said, my wife and I are thankful we choose to dive with Bruce. He is the Scuba OG of Bonaire. The first week I got my advanced open water certification while my wife got her open water certification. Then we rented stuff and did... More 

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Washington, DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

Got our open waters in December 2015. Jean Carlos was fabulous. Patient, knowledgeable, serious about his work, and fun. Excellent equipment, world class facilities. Not surprised when we heard Bruce Bowker and his Carib Inn were first on the island. It shows. Felt like we were diving with really attentive old friends.

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Bruce B, PADI Instructor at Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your words. It was an amazing experience and a pleasure for me too. Hope to see you underwater again soon. Jean Carlos Blanco. JC More 

Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

The Carib Inn is not a luxury location in the conventional perception of luxury. It is a luxury to stay at a small hotel where there are rooms with a view to a daily and for the most part sensational sunset. It is a luxury to be able to walk down to a dive boat where you are assured a... More 

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Bruce B, Owner at Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn, responded to this review

Always nice having you guys here. Thanks for the review. You should do a report of when you and I started here on Bonaire around 1973! More 

Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

This was my 1st time to Bonaire, and i love it!! Caribe Inn/Bruce Bowkers is a quaint, clean, safe and friendly. I finished my Open Water PADI course here, Larry & Marea were thorough with me. You can wlk into the water with your gear on and see the most beautiful underwater sealife. The atmosphere is quiet, and they tend... More 

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Alkmaar, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

Very helpfull and friendly also by PADI course, diving instruction. Had a swell time diving on Bonaire. It was was also safe with highly strick on safty meanders while diving. I recommend Bruce Bowker's to anyone who are going to Bonaire and want to dive.

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Amenities

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  • Pool
  • Beachfront
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
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  • Beachfront
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  • Pool
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  • Kitchenette
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Microwave
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn is a 5 Star PADI resort specializing in scuba diving. All levels of scuba instruction. Daily boat trips with experienced, knowledgeable guides. Shore diving also available. Excellent retail store with extremely competitive prices. Scuba repairs. Resort has fresh water pool, cable TV, free WIFI and daily maid service. Eleven units including a 3 bedroom house and a 4 bedroom house. Located on the sea with its own dock and boats. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn

Address: J.A. Abraham Blvd 46, Kralendijk, Bonaire
Location: Caribbean > Bonaire > Kralendijk
Price Range: $100 - $150 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 11
Also Known As:
Bruce Bowker`s Carib Hotel Bonaire
Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn Bonaire/Kralendijk
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Kralendijk
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